Personally, I believe it was greed, or one would say a power trip. For instance, Saul the first king of Israel, who was nice in the beginning but when changed oh so quickly. Talking about change, makes me think of my favorite childhood story about David and Goliath. David was this puny little kid, and Goliath the opposite, a giant. How David defeated Goliath shows us that God was with David at all times throughout the battle. It also shows David's courage and ability to be a great king. A famous baseball player once said, "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game" (Babe Ruth), and that is exactly what David did to defeat Goliath. Some of the main themes in the book of 1 Samuel show us; how people disobeyed the Lord, or replaced him as their king, or go to war because of greed. Like most human being, Saul did the same thing. He had sinned, even though he had an option not to, and towards the end wanted an answer from Lord why this was happening. A question most of ask after ignoring God through all the good times; when something unfortunate happens, we run to the Lord for forgive and ask why this is happening to them? Throughout all this, one concept that makes no sense is the matter of prophets and how some of the prophecies were presented? It seems to me almost a pagan behavior, something so bizarre like in today's movies. It is as if they were ghosts coming out of the ground like a zombie, attaching it to Saul's body to present Samuel's prophecy. If paganism wasn't accepted, why would it be in the text, what relevance does it have? Especially, when Saul asked the woman, ""Don't be afraid, what do you see?" The woman said, "I see a ghostly figure coming up out of the earth."". Does that mean paganism was okay to that extent? Something that must be further analyzed.
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Looking back through the last page or two, I see that I have made it appear as though my motives in writing were wholly public-spirited. I don't want to leave that as the final impression. All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane. I cannot say with certainty which of my motives are the strongest, but I know which of them deserve to be followed. And looking back through my work, I see that it is invariably where I lacked a political purpose that I wrote lifeless books and was betrayed into purple passages, sentences without meaning, decorative adjectives and humbug generally.